Monday, February 28, 2022

Banff Marathon Training - Week 7 PFTW

Last week...

Tues: 2 miles, Lower Body Hiit/Strength - it was 80* and humid, so I thought that'd be a good day to try the treadmills in our new amenity center for this short run. The run was good, but I guess I'm too dumb to use these treadmills because it took me a long time to figure out how to use it, and I still did it "wrong". ¯\_()_/¯
Wed: Core & Hiit. We were scheduled for another ice storm and this is what I picked up as essentials at the store. I can't figure out what the Starlight Coke is, but it's SO GOOD. 
Thrus 3 miles, Upper Body Strength - very, very cold and a little icy. This look is actually very dramatic, and I took off one shirt and that face buff about 5 minutes later. #dramatic. 

Fri: Lower Body Strength
Sat: Day of nothing - I think I took a 2 hour nap, and did nothing else. 
Sun: 8 miles. Drove up to run at Lake Pflugerville, but it was too blustery to run at the reservoir, so we hopped up the road to a more sheltered trail and it was a mix of hot af in the sun, cold af in the wind, and otherwise great. 

Starting this week, I'll be in my "official" training plan for Banff - a modified version of Run Less, Run Faster, with two quality workouts + one long run + 2 days of cross training. I'm accidentally overlapping two weeks of a Fitness Blender workout program, but it's strength based so I'm sure it's fiiiiine. 

This week...
Mon: Total Body Strength
Tues: 4 miles speed (2x1600) + core
Wed: Upper body + hiit, short run/walk at Rogue
Thurs: 5 miles (2 @ tempo) + recovery 
Sat: 10-12

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Banff Marathon Training - Week 6 PFTW

 Last week...

Tues: 3-4 milesupper body strength, massage after work. Back still janky. 
Wed: Core Switched to an "easy" core/stretching pilates video and took another epsom salt bath. Enjoyed the last of my Holiday Cheer Shiner waiting for my tub to fill up. The big tub sounded nice in theory when we were building, actually kind of a hassle in real life. 

Thurs: 3-4 miles 2 miles run/walk, Lower body strength. Tried to run, still really painful, so just walked and skipped the strength work. Nice sunset, though. 

Sat: 6 miles 1.5 mile run, 2.5 mile walk with Michelle, 2 mile hike with Chaos Dog.

Sun: rest

The good news is all that modifying seems to have helped, and I can walk without stabbing pain, so I'm excited for that! 

This week...
Tues: 2 miles, Lower Body Hiit/Strength
Thrus 3-4 miles, Upper Body Strength
Fri: Lower Body Strength
Sat: 6-10 miles, as long as the back is truly fixed

Monday, February 14, 2022

Banff Marathon Training - Week 5 PFTW

 Last week...

Something happened this day, and I impulsively booked a trip to the Netherlands in March, to use up the last of my flight/hotel credits. When I got an upgrade offer to move to business class for $300, it just felt like fate. 

  • Thrus: upper body strength
  • Fri: lower body pilates & cardio actually just this yoga video
  • Sat: weird snow/rain/ice, lots of beers. Did some cleaning and rearranging, the living room is not doing what I want it to do and now I think I need a new rug and new coffee table. It's a whole thing. 

  • Sun: 10 miles. I'm old and did something weird to my back, so I skipped one run earlier this week hoping I'd be magically healed, but that 10 miles was still pretty painful. Good news (?), it was the same either way, so seems fine! I did take my first bath in my enormous new bathtub, and do you know it took for-ev-er to fill up? Long enough that I ate two pieces of pizza waiting for it? It did help with the back, but only until this morning and now I'm crippled again.

This week...

Tues: 3-4 miles, upper body strength, massage after work
Wed: Core
Thurs: 3-4 miles, Lower body strength
Sat: 6 miles
Sun: rest

Monday, February 7, 2022

Banff Marathon Training - Week 4 PFTW


Last week... 

  • Mon: lower body
    • I captioned this on Strava as "💀💀💀"
  • Tues: 4 miles, upper body
    • Everything is dead because "winter" but it was a warm 65* and sunny

  • Wed: core & hiit 
  • Thurs: 3 miles, upper body + walking the big dog, who gives no fucks about walking right through ice. Skipped my run, it rained ice for hours and it was crazy. 

  • Fri: two lower body videos
  • Sat: nothing
  • Sun: 8 miles

This week...


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